Tangerine Dream ‎– Rubycon

Virgin ‎– TAND 6, Virgin ‎– 7243 8 40063 2 7, Virgin ‎– 7243 8 40063 27
CD, Album, Remastered, Reissue

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1 Rubycon-Part One
Organ [Modified Elka Organ], Piano [Prepared Piano] – Chris Franke*Piano [Prepared Piano], Synthesizer [Synthi A] – Peter Baumann
2 Rubycon-Part Two
Gong – Chris Franke*Organ, Gong – Edgar FroeseSynthesizer [Synthi A Voice, Arp 2600] – Peter Baumann

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High definition digital remastering at Chop 'Em Out, London. Recorded in January 1975 at the Manor, Shipton On Cherwell.

Published by EMI Virgin Music Ltd. ℗ 1975 Virgin Records Ltd. © 1995 Virgin Records Ltd.
Catalogue numbers (on CD): TAND 6 , 7243 8 40063 2 7
Catalogue numbers (on spine/in booklet): TAND 6 , 7243 8 40063 27
Catalogue numbers (on rear): UK: TAND 6 , 7243 8 40063 27
Made In The UK. Printed In The UK.
SBM Super Bit Mapping ™

Issued in a standard jewel case with eight page foldout booklet.
Release notes get Edgar Froese's synthesizer credits slightly wrong, credit should look thus
Edgar Froese - Synthesizer [VCS3, Synthi A]

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 7 24384 00632 7
  • Barcode (String): 724384006327
  • Label Code: LC 3098
  • Rights Society: BIEM/MCPS
  • Price Code (F:): PM 527
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): 840063 2 3 :2:2 EMI SWINDON
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): ifpi 1422
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): 840063 2 3 :2:8 EMI SWINDON
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): ifpi 1403
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3): 840063 2 3 :2:15 EMI SWINDON
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 3): ifpi 1446

Other Versions (5 of 125) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
V2025, V 2025 Tangerine Dream Rubycon(LP, Album, Gat) Virgin, Virgin V2025, V 2025 UK 1975 Sell This Version
CDV 2025 Tangerine Dream Rubycon(CD, Album) Virgin CDV 2025 UK 1987 Sell This Version
V2025, V 2025 Tangerine Dream Rubycon(LP, Album, RP) Virgin, Virgin V2025, V 2025 UK 1975 Sell This Version
3222 716 Tangerine Dream Rubycon(Cass, Album) Virgin 3222 716 France 1975 Sell This Version
88 754 XOT Tangerine Dream Rubycon(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Virgin 88 754 XOT Germany 1975 Sell This Version



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December 10, 2014

If Phaedra invented the Berlin-School sound, then Rubycon defined it. Taking all of the individual elements of the former album, Tangerine Dream arranged them into a winning formula: each side opens and closes with washes of ambient sound, with an improvised sequencer section in the middle. Part One opens with a rich, glorious display of the nearest the band came to Eno's style of 'ambient' music, particularly excellent in its use of electric piano to add warmth and texture. If this type of music, and TD themselves, have become synonymous with extended sequencer workouts then it's interesting to note that that particular element of the track doesn't come in until almost halfway through the piece. When it finally appears, with a meandering mellotron melody and dramatic reversed piano accompaniment, it becomes one of the most striking and memorable moments in the band's history.

Part Two begins with an unsettling discordant synth and mellotron section, directly referencing Gyorgy Ligeti, before heading off into a much more energetic sequencer section. Almost as strong as the first side, the bubbling sequence is topped with mellotron and electric guitar adding layer after layer of texture. The energy of the piece is astonishing.

Put simply, Rubycon deserves its status as one of the best Tangerine Dream albums, and one of the best electronic records of all time. Its mixture of subtle ambience and rhythmic synth sequences has never been bettered. Sublime.